Our piano classes give performance opportunities for a wide range of abilities with classes from age 9 and under to Adult. We have added a new age group for age 12 and under as well as an extra Adult class.
This year we are offering Own Choice classes for all ages and we hope that this will encourage everybody to enter whatever piece they are currently playing, maybe a favourite piece that suits their technical level and taste or maybe the exam piece that they enjoy the most. Some classes, especially in the older age range, are devoted to a particular period of music such as Baroque or Romantic, Modern or Jazz. There are also classes for pianists who are working towards or have just taken a Graded exam with no age stipulated.
In addition to solo classes we have included 3 duet classes which we hope will be popular.
Most of the children’s classes have a trophy for the 1st prize and silver and bronze medals for the 2nd and 3rd prizewinners. Where there is no trophy a gold medal is awarded to the winner.
- General: All the Festival’s General Rules apply to Music classes. Additional rules for Music are detailed below.
- Accompanist: A competent official accompanist will be provided. No other will be allowed.
- Pieces: No competitor may perform a piece with which they have previously been awarded first prize in this Festival. Own choices must be detailed on the entry form, and where there is an accompaniment, a copy must be sent with the entry form. Each piece must be stuck (not stapled) together in a way suitable for the accompanist. On the day of the competition the competitor must bring an original copy of each own choice piece for the adjudicator. Failure to do this will lead to cancellation of the entry. Pieces of music must be collected at the end of the class; any not collected will only be returned by post after the cost of postage is received.
- Musical Theatre: All music from shows is subject to copyright law. Songs from shows in current production may be sung as a concert item, with no movement or costume, without need for copyright permission. Where movement or costume is included in a performance copyright permission is required and the Festival committee accept these entries on the basis that copyright permission has been granted.
- Copyright: The Festival cannot be held responsible for any breaches of the copyright law and it should be noted that copyright regulations protect music works for 70 years after the death of the composer. The Music Publishers Association, however, has issued a Code of Practice on copyright works with the following concession: When an Own Choice Piece is selected from a publication containing several different works and which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the use of an adjudicator at a competition or festival provided that the competitor or participant has already purchased his/her own copy. The photocopy will be retained and destroyed by the administrator of the competition or festival immediately after the event. The permission specifically does not apply to set works. Other items must not be photocopied without the permission of the copyright holder in each case.
When using music downloaded from the Internet, the performer should also print off and submit the permission statement that accompanies the music submitted with the entry form.
- To meet Child Protection regulations, parents and guardians are required to ensure their child(ren) aged 16 and under, while travelling to, at or taking part in the Festival, is under their care or under the care of a responsible adult.
- Fees: Entrance fees are £5.50 for each children’s class, £6.50 for each open or adult class, £8 for each duet class and £3 per person in ensembles of 3 – 6 entrants. There is also an administration charge of £2.00 per entrant.
- All Music and Singing entry forms, with the proper fee, must be received by the Music Co-ordinator, Sylvia Howard, 28 Mythop Road, Lytham, FY8. Fees are non refundable. The closing date for Music and Singing entries is Friday 7th December 2018.
|P1||Age 9 and under Solo||Own choice|
|P2||Age 11 and under Solo||Own choice|
|P3||Age 12 and under Solo||Own choice|
|P4||Age 13 to 15 Solo||Own choice|
|P5||Age 16 to 18 Solo
|P6||Age 18 and under Classical Repertoire
|P7||Age 18 and under Romantic or Modern Repertoire||Own choice|
|Graded Classes – any piece from a current examination syllabus|
|P8||Grades 1 and 2 Age 18 and under||Own choice|
|P9||Grades 3 and 4 Age 18 and under||Own choice|
|P10||Grades 5 and 6 Age 18 and under||Own choice|
|P11||Grades 7 and 8 Age 18 and under||Own choice|
|P12||Open Baroque or Classical Repertoire||Own choice|
|P13||Open Romantic Repertoire||Own choice|
|P14||Open Impressionist or Modern Repertoire||Own choice|
|P15||Open Duet||Own choice|
|Jazz Classes – Please see classes I4 and I5 as piano is now included in the Jazz repertoire|
Childrens’ Piano Duets – Both entrants must be within the specified age group and both names must be on the Entry Form.
|P16||Age 12 and under||Own choice|
|P17||Age 16 and under||Own choice|